Green Bay Packers: Is it Too Soon to Call Amari Rodgers a Draft Bust?
The Green Bay Packers finally snapped their losing streak against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday and, in the process, might have found a new offensive star in 2nd-round pick Christian Watson, who scored three touchdowns. In the meantime, second-year receiver Amari Rodgers might have accelerated his departure from the team, following a costly fumble on a punt return that nearly caused another team implosion.
Unlike a lot of fans, I tend to be patient when it comes to younger players, especially receivers, because development doesn't always happen at a quick pace. Former Packers' all-pro Davante Adams is a good example of this, struggling with drops his first couple of seasons in the league before becoming one of the best. So, also unlike a lot of fans, I'm not going to demand he get cut. However, it might be time for fans, and the team, to lower their expectations of the former 3rd round pick.
There are ultimately a couple things that really stand out for me when looking at Rodgers' season. One of the big ones is the limited playing time he has received at the wide receiver position, despite the numerous injuries that have plagued the team. Rodgers came into the season with an opportunity to claim one of the top three spots on the depth chart but has already been surpassed by rookies Watson, Romeo Doubs and Samori Toure.
His struggles on special teams are also notable. Sunday's fumble was his fifth this season and he nearly lost another punt earlier in the game, losing the trust of the team enough to be replaced by Keisean Nixon following the turnover.
With veteran Randall Cobb able to return from injured reserve, if healthy, and punt return duties likely in jeopardy, Rodgers may soon find himself without a spot on the gameday roster and less opportunities to prove his value to the team. Green Bay doesn't like to give up on draft picks and he may get another chance later but there's an equal chance he'll end up being a cap casualty next season if he can't find a role on Sundays.